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THE Philippines posted the highest percentage increase in milled rice production among all rice-producing countries over the past five years, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported on Monday. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, citing a report by the United States Department of Agriculture-Foreign Agricultural Service, said milled rice production in the…

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The local stock market started the week firmer as positive economic data from China and brisk trading on global markets cheered investors. “Heavy rains greeted the week but sentiment was sunny when trades began on Monday, with the balance of news favoring the bulls,” Accord Capital Equities Corp. analyst Justino…

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AFTER two years of negotiations with the World Trade Organization (WTO), Manila has finally acquired a five-year extension of its quantitative restriction (QR) on imported rice, which should protect local farmers from an influx of cheap imports of the grain, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday. “By July…

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THREE government agencies, together with the European Union, will launch today (Tuesday) a nationwide campaign to protect Filipino school children from exposure to lead and mercury, two heavy metals which are known to be highly toxic to the developing brain and nervous system. Dubbed as the “Lead and Mercury-Safe Schools…


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THE Philippine government should seriously consider a new tariff system in order to bring down the country’s electricity rates. This was the advice given by Christoph Frei, secretary general of the World Energy Council (WEC), amid concerns that Philippine power rates are among the highest in Asia. “What can be…

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THE Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has partnered with T-Mobile to bring a unique mobile service for Filipinos in the United States. The new service—called SMART World Mobile—has been launched through PLDT Global Corp. (PGC) unit PLDT US Mobility. “Our new offering—SMART World Mobile—enables subscribers to get a US…

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Pedestrian footbridges in Metro Manila will soon have its own washroom facilities, 24-hour security, surveillance cameras and covered walkways. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino revealed the improvements will be achieved through the agency’s “Adopt-A-Footbridge” program. The program was launched on Thursday at C-5 Libis, Eastwood, Quezon City, attended by…

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Intramuros Administration will hold Intramuros Rocks on Friday at Maestranza Park, a free-admission concert which serves as the kick-off activity of the many programs and events under the Intramuros Redevelopment Plan. With the theme “Kultura, Musika at Saya”, the redevelopment program aims…

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Defending champion San Beda College Red Lions displayed deadly form to thrash the Arellano University Chiefs, 67-54, Thursday in the 89th NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City. Olaide Adeogun paced the Red Lions with 18 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks as…

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A potent mix of second generation and veteran directors, as well as undiscovered talents and mainstream movie actors will grace the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival when it opens on July 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City. The line-up for the country’s highly acclaimed…

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JOHN Tayongtong split a charity with only 5.5 seconds remaining to lift Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals past College of St. Benilde Blazers, 73-72, in the NCAA  men’s basketball tournament Thursday at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City. The game was tied 72-72 when the sophomore Tayongtong of…